Mt. Zion Baptist Associational Office Groundbreaking.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Mt. Zion Baptist Association held an official groundbreaking and prayer ceremony Monday evening, June 25, at the construction site for their new facility at 2500 Sunny Meadow in Jonesboro.

Mt. Zion Baptist Association groundbreaking services were led by Director of Missions Dr. Ed Gillham, with shovel second from left, with Jim Davis, (left), of Needham Church, (right) Zane Gragg, of South Caraway, Vaughndel Kious, of Strawfloor, and other Mt Zion Board of Directors. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

The Mt. Zion Baptist Association was established in 1852 to form a partnership of local Southern Baptist churches and enable them to fellowship and work collectively in evangelism, education and benevolence. Construction of the new building is expected to begin in two weeks.

"Our former facility was built in 1968 at 2100 Stadium Boulevard and contained 674 square feet of office space," Mt. Zion Director of Missions, Dr. Ed Gillham said. "That building has served us well. This new building will contain 2,800 square feet of space and allow us to have staff offices, a conference room, private counseling section, work area, and storage. It was designed to meet the needs of the association.

"Proceeds from the sale of our old building have allowed us to construct this $350,000 facility and still have money left over for repairs at the Mt. Zion Baptist Camp at Walcott," Gillham said. "These physical structures are dedicated for use as tools for the sincere ministry of reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The true headquarters for our association is not in this new building but in the local churches. The church members have been very supportive and we make every effort to be good stewards of their investment."

Completion of the new building, which is located directly behind the Malco Theatre, is expected to be between October and December this year. A temporary office has been established at 1707 Christian Valley Drive.

The Mt. Zion Baptist Association is comprised of 41 churches and two missions in Craighead County, which include Airport Road, Alsup, Bay, Bethabara, Black Oak, Bowman, Brookland, Buffalo Chapel, Caraway, Cash, Central, City Church, Dixie, Egypt, Family Fellowship, Friendly Hope, Grace, Higher Trails, Highland Drive, Hope Community, Huntington Avenue, Iglesia Tabernaculo, Jonesboro First, Lake City, Lifeline Fellowship, Lunsford, Monette, Mt. Pisgah, Needham, Nettleton, New Antioch, New Hope Caraway, New Hope Jonesboro, New Life, North Main, Philadelphia, Providence, Rowes Chapel, South Caraway, Strawfloor, Valley Ridge, Walnut Street, Westvale, and Windover. The association also includes Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Greene County and Cornerstone Baptist Church in Poinsett County.

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